16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ha Long
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h
4
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hoi An
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Nha Trang
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
End: Ho Chi Minh City

2
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take a stroll through Old Quarter, take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh, then examine the collection at Hanoi Police Museum, then contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and finally make a trip to Ho Van - Van Mieu. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at Quan Lan Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi trip planner.

Paris, France to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Paris to Hanoi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ha Long.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Ha Long

Hạ Long is the capital city and 1st-class provincial city of Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Vang Pagoda, then explore the striking landscape of Cat Ba National Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Trung Trang Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ha Long visit planner.

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Ha Long takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Ha Long

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cat Ba, Ba Vang Pagoda
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cat Ba National Park ©
Cat Ba National Park
Trung Trang Cave ©
Trung Trang Cave

3
nights
Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh ©
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
On the 12th (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bai Dinh Pagoda, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hoa Lu Temples. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Trang An Grottoes, pause for some serene contemplation at Nhà xứ Phát Diệm, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Lac Dao.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ninh Binh road trip planner .

Drive from Ha Long to Ninh Binh in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Ninh Binh can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Nature Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bai Dinh Pagoda, Parish Lac Dao
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Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes
Bai Dinh Pagoda ©
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Parish Lac Dao ©
Parish Lac Dao

2
nights
Hue

Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at XQ Hand Embroidery, then contemplate the long history of Imperial City, then step into the grandiose world of Thai Hoa Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Thuan An Beach and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hue road trip planner.

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Ninh Binh to Hue in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In September in Hue, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Nine Dynastic Urns ©
Nine Dynastic Urns

2
nights
Hoi An

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Popular historic sites such as Mỹ Sơn and March Gallery are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Non Nuoc Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Hoi An to go to Dien Ban and see Bang An Tower, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, steep yourself in history at Cantonese Assembly Hall, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hoi An trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Hoi An sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Bang An Tower, Mỹ Sơn, Non Nuoc Beach
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Thermal Spas
Mỹ Sơn ©
Mỹ Sơn
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Nha Trang

Nha Trang ©
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll through Nha Trang Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers, then explore the galleries of Long Thanh Photo Studio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suoi Do Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then examine the collection at National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nha Trang trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hoi An to Nha Trang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nha Trang Beach ©
Nha Trang Beach
Po Nagar Cham Towers ©
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
On the 21st (Sat), tee off at Song Be Golf Resort, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Khu Du Lich Sinh Thai Cao Minh.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Song Be Golf Resort, Khu Du Lich Sinh Thai Cao Minh
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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